Not Far Away

I have a lot of loved ones in Heaven.

I have seen Heaven.

Today, we will celebrate Heaven.

My Grammy, Nadine Elder.

She is there.

She is having fun.

And I am reminded.

To share the Gospel.

Because Heaven is not that far away.

Catch Your Breath

"You denied the Holy One."

Those were Peter's words to the Jewish audience.

He had just told them if they repented that they would be "refreshed."

Acts 3:19.

Peter would know.

He had denied the Holy One.

He had repented.

And now, He was refreshed.

Repentance brings Refreshment.

The word "refreshed" in Acts 3:19 is literally...

"Catch one's breath."

Repent of your sin.

And catch your breath.

You will be refreshed.

 

Amazing Grace

Here's a challenge I'll lob your way.

Find one place in the Gospels where Jesus confronted a sinner.

By "sinner", you know what I mean...

A drunkard.

A woman working at a bar.

A tax cheat.

Or (fill in the blank).

Read through the Gospels.

And you won't find one.

But what you will see is where He gets furious with the hypocrites.

He turns over the tables of the self righteous.

And He tells the Pharisees that they are going to Hell.

Can I tell you why this is Good News to someone like me?

I know who I am.

I know where I've been.

I know how I need to be forgiven of my sin.

And I need Jesus.

I need His Word.

And I need Amazing Grace.

Can't Lose It

If you can lose your salvation...

Then that means you were the one that earned it in the first place.

I didn't earn it.

I cannot lose it.

Jesus gets all the credit.

(Don't even think about disagreeing with me!)  :)

The Good News

"No man has spoken as this Man has."

That is what the masses said of Jesus.

He has preached and talked as no one ever has.

Or ever will.

What He preached is often missed.

Jesus preached The Law.

He told His 70 disciples not to witness to the Gentiles.

Until His resurrection.

Then He told His disciples to "go into all the world."

In my opinion, too few "Theologians" recognize that Jesus preached the Law.

And they apply His words to our salvation.

Words such as "Forgive or you will not be forgiven."

That is as applicable to our salvation as "Be perfect as your Father is perfect".

His teaching is of the Old Covenant.

It is a teaching we must desire to follow with all of our heart.

Yet when we fail, we must know this with all of our heart:

It. Is. Finished.

It's not up to us.

It's up to Him.

That is why it is Good News.

 

The Inside Looking Out

"And she brought forth her firstborn son,

 laid him in a manger,

 because there was no room for them in the inn."

There was no room for them.

No room for Jesus.

Or Joseph.

Or Mary.

Maybe there is no room for you.

In your workplace.

Or in the social circle.

Maybe even at home.

You are on the outside looking in.

Jesus not only knows where you are at.

He is with you.

So maybe you're not on the outside looking in....

Rather you are on the inside looking out.

The exact place where you are supposed to be.

Grace

I can fool you a bit for an hour on Sunday.

Or a Facebook post today.

Yet I know who I truly am.

And even then,  I don't fully know myself.

So here is the question(s) of the day:

Why are my daughters so beautiful and kind?

Why does my wife take such good care of her family?

Why am I able to preach the Word of God?

One word.

Grace.

It's not just me, though.

Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul:

"I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle,

because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God

I am what I am and his grace toward me was not in vain."

New Book Is Ready!

It's a short book.

One on my experience of seeing Heaven.

And my trip through "Hell on Earth" to get there.

It's all of Five Dollars. The number of Grace!

I pray that it might bring a bit of Heaven to your mind and heart.

I pray my mom and my sister in Heaven are honored.

And Jesus Christ is glorified!

Check it out by clicking on "Store" right above this.